St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Gravesend: Wednesdays 9.30 – 11.30; Saturdays 10.30 am – 12.30 pm. Sundays in May and October 5.00 pm – 5.35 pm, followed by Mass
Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament is a devotion that reaches back to the 12th century when the desire to see the sacred Host was very much in the minds of the people. It was St. Gertrude, the 14th century Benedictine nun and mystic, who taught that looking upon the Sacred Host was a meritorious act. By the 15th century Exposition in churches and processions of the Blessed Sacrament had become exceedingly popular. Such devotions declined, however, as a result of the efforts of liturgical reformers, since the Second Vatican Council, to situate the Sacrament more firmly within the context of the Mass but recent years has seen a return of these timeless devotional practices to most parishes. Here in St. John’s Gravesend, we hold our adoration on every Wednesday between 9.30 am and 11.30 am. Also, Saturdays being very near and so closely associated with day of the Lord’s resurrection and the day when Masses are celebrated in all parish churches all over the world, we also have our adoration from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm. During the months of Mary, the months of May and October, we have our adoration and benediction between 5.00 pm and 5.35 pm in St. John’s. This is followed by Mass at 6.00 pm during the months of May and October. People are encouraged to come in, pray, leave petitions in the basket provided and leave as they wish within this particular time range. In our adoration, we pray and ask God to take care of us and all that belongs to us, including our parish of St. John the Evangelist, Gravesend. Exposing or displaying the Most Blessed Sacrament is meant to promote the adoration and worship of Jesus in his hidden but real Presence in the Eucharist. All are welcome to join our worshipping and adoring community.